Our Beliefs & Values
- Freedom of Belief: When we stimulate our thinking with new insights and inspirations, our understanding of the world evolves, and we realize the full capacity of our human spirit.
- Eliciting the Best: It is by acting in a way that encourages the finest characteristics in others that we bring out the best in ourselves.
- Respect for Human Worth: We treat all people as having an inherent capacity for fairness, kindness, and living ethically.
- Ethical Living: When we put into practice ethical principles such as love, justice, honesty, and forgiveness, we experience harmony within ourselves and in our relationships.
- Reverence for Life: We cultivate the spiritual dimension in life by experiencing our interdependent connections to humanity, nature, and our inner values.
Our Mission and Purpose
The Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville endeavors to nurture the capacity and responsibility of human beings to act in their personal relationships and in the larger community to help create a better world. We are inspired by the ideal of working to create a more humane society, recognizing each person’s worth and dignity, and helping to bring out the best in them. We are a member of the American Ethical Union and an affiliate of the American Humanist Association. We join together to assist each other in developing ethical ideas and ideals, to celebrate life’s joys, support each other through life’s crises, and to cultivate ethical behavior in our community.
Ethics is Central
The most central human issue in our lives is creating a more humane environment.
Ethics Begins with Choice
Creating a more humane environment begins by affirming the need to make significant choices in our lives.
We Choose to Treat Each Other as Ends, not Mean
To enable us to be whole in a fragmented world, we choose to treat each other as unique individuals having intrinsic worth.
We Seek to Act with Integrity
Treating one another as ends requires that we learn to act with integrity. This includes keeping commitments, and being honest, open, caring and responsive.
We are Committed to Educate Ourselves
Self-Reflection and Our Social Nature Require Us to Shape a More Humane World
Growth of the human spirit is rooted in self-reflection, but can only come to full flower in community. This is because people are social, needing both primary relationships and larger supportive groups to become fully human. Our social nature requires that we reach beyond ourselves to decrease suffering and increase creativity in the world.